Her Vegas: 'Absinthe,' Lavo and more
All the Talent
Since Absinthe took up residency in the big white tent in front of Caesars Palace seven years ago, the outlandish and imaginative variety show has evolved from an upstart, buzzed-about entertainment experiment to one of the Strip’s must-see productions, an amalgamation of comedy, dance, acrobatics, burlesque and other awe-inspiring acts that defy common description and keeps audiences coming back for more. How does that happen? Well, the production stays fresh and fast by incorporating new acts and undiscovered talent into its revolving repertoire. That formula assures Absinthe will keep getting better as it gets bigger.
The irreverent host, The Gazillionaire, seems to get more raunchy and rowdy with every 90-minute run, guiding the audience through an array of sexy, stylish acts while his assistant, Wanda Widdles, sometimes steals the spotlight with an even more offensive sense of humor. Other acclaimed performers that get the show rolling are Maxim, who builds a tower of ready-to-topple chairs, and the Green Fairy, a seductive singer who heats up the Spiegeltent with a single smile.
All are astounded by dangerously fast brother-sister duo Billy and Emily England (who appeared on season 12 of America’s Got Talent), a favorite Absinthe act since the British siblings joined the show in 2015. Their edgy performance—certainly the most risqué and stressful activity ever to happen on roller skates—creates an exciting tension in the audience, but it breaks as soon as another family act hits the stage, equally talented twin tap dancers Sean and John Scott. Aerial expert David O’mer spins traditional burlesque performance in an entirely new direction with his bathtub-based performance while the Silicon Valley Girls—one of the newer Absinthe acts—incorporate elements of dance, contortion and gymnastics while showcasing incredible strength and balance.
With such a deep roster of diverse talent, Absinthe is almost an entirely different show every time you see it. Audience interaction only adds to that unpredictable and spontaneous feeling, always increasing the show’s reputation as one of the wildest experiences to be found in Las Vegas.
Still crazy after seven years, Absinthe is amping itself up all over again. –Brock Radke
Caesars Palace, 8 & 10 p.m. daily, $99-$139 VVIP plus tax and fee, 18+. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster
It’s sleek and it has sumptuous food. Lavo has long been a hot spot for a group of ladies to begin their evening’s festivities. With a menu of both indulgent and light Italian bites, feast indoors in the candlelit dining area, or on the patio overlooking the Strip. You won’t have to travel far to party either; Lavo nightclub is just one flight up. –Kiko Miyasato
The Palazzo, brunch 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. & 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., party brunch at 2 p.m. Sat., dinner 5-11 p.m. daily. 702.791.1800
Gather the girls and enroll in “X” Burlesque University. The afternoon class is taught by one of the fabulous showgirls of the revue “X” Burlesque. The group will get an education in all things sexy—dance routines, showgirl makeup application and more—and, at the end, everyone receives a diploma, makeup kit and a souvenir photo. –Kiko Miyasato
Flamingo, 3 p.m. Sat., $44.95 plus tax and fee, 18+. 702.777.2782
Slip Into Serenity
Natural, healing remedies and treatments, performed by highly trained therapists, are waiting at ESPA at Vdara, a two-story sanctuary of luxury and relaxation. Standout body treatments include the The Detoxifier, a full-body detox massage, and the On the Rocks signature treatment, which includes body brushing, exfoliation and body and scalp massage using healing volcanic stones. –Kiko Miyasato
Vdara, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 702.590.2474